Float Coat Dog Life Jacket by Ruffwear


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The  K-9 Float Coat by Ruffwear is a premium life jacket designed with safety and comfort in mind for dogs that love to join their humans paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, rafting or boating.

The Ruffwear Float Coat was re-designed in 2021 to use softer, more-flexible, PVC-free Gaia® Foam to fit dog's of all shapes and sizes.  With a more tailored fit, it provides excellent flotation and comfortable movement for your dog when they are swimming, running or relaxing!

This dog life vest has a strong, centrally placed handle on the back so you help your pup out of the water.  Plus there is a leash clip-in point under the back handle and reflective trim for enhanced visibility.


To find the best fit for your dog, measure around the widest part of dog's girth/chest.  If your dog is in-between sizes and a stable weight, choose the smaller size.

All sizes are based on the chest measure, but if you want to confirm the neck size (around the neck) and the coat length (from the base of the neck towards the tail) we've included these below.  Undecided? drop us an email on info@caninespirit.com.au

Note: the lifejacket should only cover the rib cage and not go the full length of the body - otherwise it can interfere with the rear legs in swimming.  

Check out the video further down this page on fitting the K9 Float Coat.

Size Chest/Girth Measure Neck Measure Back Length
XXS 33-43cm (13-17") 27-32.5cm  18.5cm
XS 43-56cm (17-22") 31-41cm 26cm
S 56-69cm (22-27") 38-50cm 30cm
M 69-81cm (27-32") 45-59cm 38cm
L 81-91cm (32-36") 53-68cm 41.5cm
XL 91-107cm (36-42") 58-75cm 49cm

Key Features:

  • Easy Life & Assist: A strong, low profile back handle that allows you to help your dog out of the water
  • Optimal Buoyancy & Fit:  Flexible PVC-free Gaia® Foam panels strategically placed to support a natural swimming position and to fit dog's of all shapes and sizes. 
  • Secure & Adjustable:  Telescoping neck closure that is adjustable yet permanently attached and secure
  • Safety: Reflective trim to enhances visibility in low light and there is a light loop to attach The Beacon (sold separately)
  • Leash Attachment Point:  And sheltered, easy to clip buckles that allow easy, one-handed clipping
  • Made from time-proven abrasion-resistant materials

Care Instructions

  • Always rinse the life jacket after use in salt water or pools.
  • Secure fasteners.  Hand wash in cold water with mild detergent. Air dry.


  • Shell:  800 denier ballistic Polyester
  • Foam:  Gaia foam and CLPE foam
  • Webbing:  Polypropylene 'nylike' webbing
  • Buckles: ITW Nexus Airloc side-release buckles
  • Other Hardware:  Plastic D-ring and Duraflex duckbill tension lock
  • Reflective: Reflective screen print

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Alison M.
Nelson Loves It!

The PFD is amazing. Nelson loves it and it us easy to move him around the boat if we need to. The quality is superb.

Dena J.M.
Just what we needed

Our dog is keen to swim with us. This life jacket helps her get in the right position to swim properly and loose her anxieties. Before she had this, she would make her way to us and cling on for dear life.

Kayleigh J.
Love the fit

We have yet to test this out on the water but the fit works well!! Happy with the quality and fit.

5 Tail Wags for the Ruffwear Life Jacket

Super life jacket! Soft, flexible and lovely bright colours. Our water baby loves his life jacket and I feel much safer riding on the JetSki with him knowing he’s safe! As always, Ruffwear delivers!

Robert H.
k-9 float coat_ dog life jacket

I have a French bulldog and she loves the jacket as it keeps her chest high up in the water.
I recommend this jacket to other people who have small dogs

Ben C.
Canine Float Coat

The order was put on hold as you were not in stock for the one I ordered.

David L.
K9 Float Coat

I thought my dog might have issues wearing the coat as he normally doesn't like anything around him, but he was quite comfortable and seemed to enjoy not having to paddle so hard... great buy!

Gai S.
K-9 Float Coat

Excellent float coat.my dog is 45kgs & this float coat handled her weight with ease in the pool..Also have to mention excellent customer service received!!

Ebony S.

Great fit and well made. I absolutely recommend.

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